European flights will soon be made easier as authorities operating the Mactan-Cebu International Airport are planning to connect more than 320 destinations all over the world with a maiden reciprocal flight from Turkey.
For three times a week, Turkish Airlines will have Istanbul-Manila-Cebu and vice versa flights.
“This is MCIA’s first direct connection to Europe and strengthens our Middle Eastern connection even more. With this flight, we can help open more opportunities for the region, and enable it to accelerate recovery plans from Typhoon Odette and COVID-19,” GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation president Louie Ferrer said based on the report by ABS-CBN.
Turkish Airlines utilizes an Airbus A350-900 that could accommodate up to 350 passengers in a standard three-class configuration. It can go on a trip of up 18,000 kilometers non-stop.
“Despite the recent turn of events in Cebu, the launch of Turkish Airlines brings us hope as we look forward to the future and fast track our recovery efforts,” Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority general manager and CEO Julius Neri said.
At 9:15 p.m., its maiden flight earlier left Istanbul Airport (IST) (GMT+3) and arrived at the Ninoy International Airport (NAIA) at 1:30 p.m. (GMT+8). Then, at 3:05 p.m. it departed from Manila and arrived at the MCIA at 4:25 p.m on Tuesday.
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